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When animals die out, the last survivor is called an "Endling". It is a word of soft beauty, heartbreaking solitude, and chilling finality.

Endling is inspired by an Atlantic article about a scientist in Hawaii who has dedicated his entire life to taking care of the last surviving Achatinella apexfulva snail. What initially seems like an absurd, zany profile piece quickly became a wistful exploration of what it means to be the last of your kind. As an only child myself, I wanted to explore the thin line between tragedy and comedy. We are all endlings in our own way.

Present stage of this work: Nearly final version

Kelly Yu
Kelly Yu is a Swedish-born, New Orleans raised, Chinese-American writer and director. Her work is driven by a deep fascination with finding humanity in the absurd, as well as exploring complex familial relationships and cultural identity often through an "east-meets-west" lens. Her short films have screened at film festivals around the country, with her most recent short Plum Town winning the Grand Jury Award at Boston Independent Film Festival and awarded her the NFFTY New Talent Award for Best Director Under 25. The feature script of the same name placed as finalist for the 2021 WGA Michael Collyer Screenwriting Fellowship and the 2021 Black List Feature Lab. Kelly holds a B.F.A from the USC Cinematic Arts, and is currently in development on her debut feature film, Familyland, set in Taiwan about the Asian family rental industry.

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